Advance International puts some wind into renewable energy sales

first_imgAdvance International Transport (AIT) is becoming increasingly involved in the shipment of modern wind turbines at a time when the world is waking up to advantages of environmentally sustainable power generation. Advance International Transport (AIT) is becoming increasingly involved in the shipment of modern wind turbines at a time when the world is waking up to advantages of environmentally sustainable power generation.Advance International Transport (AIT) is becoming increasingly involved in the shipment of modern wind turbines at a time when the world is waking up to advantages of environmentally sustainable power generation.last_img read more

Shuttlelift overcomes challenges

first_imgThe Shuttlelift mobile gantry cranes will be responsible for putting products on railcars or trucks, and moving parts on site, both indoors and outdoors.Air Products’ facility in Pennsylvania had short, narrow doorways, which were not suitable for accommodating a 70-tonne capacity mobile gantry crane, so the company approached Shuttlelift to see if it could design a DB 70 that was able to move through the existing doorway.While a typical Shuttlelift DB 70 has a ground-to-hook height of 30 ft (9.14 m) and an inside clear width of approximately 40 ft (12.19 m), the new crane would have to fit within a 20 ft (6.09 m) x 20 ft (6.09 m) space.”We knew this was going to be a unique challenge for our engineers, because the crane would have to fit the doorways and be able to lift the product,” said Shuttlelift’s sales manager, Dan Reinholtz.Another challenge, explained Shuttlelift, was that Air Products’ facilities have equipment tracks on the floor, which the crane cannot touch.Since Air Products did not want to move all of the tracks, Shuttlelift found another way to solve the problem. “We took our normal wheel frames and put a special cut in them to give us 20 inches (50 cm) of clearance off the ground,” said Reinholtz.  www.shuttlelift.comwww.airproducts.comlast_img read more

Teenage children go on mailbox removal crime spree in Wellington over the weekend

first_imgAt least 14 mailboxes in Wellington were damaged over the Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Three Wellington juveniles, under the age of 18, are awaiting charges for destroying at least 14 mailboxes around town.Wellington Police Chief Tracy Heath said that the department has received 14 reports over the weekend in which mailboxes were forcibly removed from their stands by high school children. Eight of those reports came in on Saturday and six more on Sunday. Heath said he has not determined whether the crime spree was conducted over one or two nights.The mailbox removing appears to be random with no set pattern across the Wellington community. It appeared that a vehicle was involved in which a high school aged person got out and physically removed the boxes from the stand by either punching or kicking them off.All three have been identified, but Heath is still in the process of making charges.Heath said the WPD is tallying up a damage report and figuring out how these culprits will pay back the damages they caused. Names will not be released because they are juveniles.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Poppies are tougher than they look and can be sown early

first_imgThis undated photo shows corn poppies in New Paltz, NY. Corn poppies, like other poppies, look most at home in informal settings where their flower-capped stalks can be allowed to sprawl according to their whim. (Lee Reich via AP)With seeds as fine as dust and flower petals as delicate as fairy shawls, it might seem that poppies are too fragile to have their seeds sown directly on melting snow or frozen ground.But early sowing is a must, because the seedlings thrive during the cool, moist weather of early spring. And because poppies don’t transplant well, their seeds are best sown right out in the flower beds.Members of the poppy family, Papaveraceae, span the globe from the Arctic to the tropics, but their flowers share a common quality. “The poppy is the most transparent and delicate of all blossoms. Other flowers rely on the texture of their surface for color. The poppy is painted glass; it never glows so brightly as when the sun shines through it,” wrote John Ruskin over a hundred years ago.A HANDFUL OF ANNUAL POPPIESCorn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) is aptly named for it once dotted the corn fields of Europe with its brilliant red flowers. (“Corn” means “grain” in British English.) This annual’s translucent flowers are borne on sprawling stalks 2 feet high.The Flanders variety is named for the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields,” by John McCrae, in which the blood-red flowers symbolize lives lost in war. On Memorial and Veteran’s days, red tissue-paper poppies still are distributed in memory of wars’ victims.Shirley poppies are a type of corn poppy with white lines along the edges of their petals. Corn and Shirley poppies begin blooming shortly after spring-flowering bulbs have finished their show, and continue blooming through July.California poppy (Eschscholtzis californica) was named in honor of Dr. Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz, a 19th century ship’s surgeon who found these bright orange flowers blanketing California hillsides. Northern winters are too harsh for this perennial, but it can be treated as an annual with the seeds sown yearly. From June to October, the 3- to 5-inch blooms of California poppies stare out above their lacy foliage. New varieties are available in a range of colors — cream, carmine, orange, yellow and red. I plant these flowers in the sunniest spots of the garden because they stay closed at night and even in shade.Iceland poppies (P. nudicaule) have delicately ruffled and sweetly scented flowers, and are borne on slender stalks above rosettes of deeply cut leaves. Like California poppy, Iceland poppy is perennial in its native habitat, in this case the Arctic. In most other regions, it loses its perennial character to behave like a biennial. Plants from spring sowings bloom from midsummer into fall of their first year. The second year, the luxuriant blossoms unfold shortly after daffodils bloom, and then continue throughout the season.ONE PERENNIAL POPPYThe old-fashioned oriental poppy (P. oriental) is the only garden perennial among the poppies. Propagate it either from seed or by root cuttings. With huge, flamboyant, brick-red flowers having purplish-black splotches at the bases of their petals, this poppy has few rivals for intense color in the flower garden.The blossoming period is relatively short, in early summer. Soon after that, the blossoms fade, the leaves die back and the plant enters a period of dormancy until late summer. To mask the dying foliage and carry on a succession of blooms, I plant zinnias and calendulas among the poppies.All these poppies — corn poppies, Shirley poppies, Icelandic poppies, California poppies and oriental poppies — thrive on neglect. Sprinkle the seeds onto well-drained soil — even now, in winter— and then forget about them. Poppies are flowers of cottage gardens and meadows, rather than neatly groomed, formal flower beds. Let them sprawl, their flowers flopping about on the ends of stalks, splashing bright colors against mute green foliage.Online: to my Farmdenlast_img read more

Wimbledon results (updated 21.50)

first_imgResults from Wimbledon Men’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat Bobby Reynolds (U.S.) 7-6(2) 6-3 6-19-Richard Gasquet (France) beat Go Soeda (Japan) 6-0 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3Ivan Dodig (Croatia) beat Denis Kudla (U.S.) 6-1 7-6(4) 7-5Igor Sijsling (Netherlands) beat 17-Milos Raonic (Canada) 7-5 6-4 7-6(4)Feliciano Lopez (Spain) beat Paul-Henri Mathieu (France) 6-3 5-1 (Mathieu retired)12-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) 7-6(5) 6-4 6-28-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat Jesse Levine (Canada) 6-2 7-6(7) 6-37-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Daniel Brands (Germany) 7-6(6) 6-4 6-227-Kevin Anderson (South Africa) beat Michal Przysiezny (Poland) 6-4 7-6(2) 6-4Bernard Tomic (Australia) beat James Blake (U.S.) 6-3 6-4 7-523-Andreas Seppi (Italy) beat Michael Llodra (France) 7-5 (Llodra retired)Results from Wimbledon Women’s Singles Round 2 matches on Thursday4-Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) beat Mathilde Johansson (France) 6-1 6-3Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) beat 24-Peng Shuai (China) 7-6(6) 6-211-Roberta Vinci (Italy) beat Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) 6-1 4-6 9-7Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Czech Republic) 7-5 6-332-Klara Zakopalova (Czech Republic) beat Annika Beck (Germany) 7-6(5) 6-31-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Caroline Garcia (France) 6-3 6-2Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) beat Alexandra Cadantu (Romania) 6-4 7-56-Li Na (China) beat Simona Halep (Romania) 6-2 1-6 6-0Petra Martic (Croatia) beat Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 7-6(7) 6-123-Sabine Lisicki (Germany) beat Elena Vesnina (Russia) 6-3 6-114-Samantha Stosur (Australia) beat Olga Puchkova (Russia) 6-2 6-2Madison Keys (U.S.) beat 30-Mona Barthel (Germany) 6-4 6-218-Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) beat Maria Teresa Torro (Spain) 6-0 6-1last_img read more